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Pagosa Duathlon Mini-Du for kids

By Carmen Hubbs
Special to The SUN

Photo courtesy Mike Hayward The youngest runners will have a chance to take part in the annual Pagosa Duathlon on July 13 by competing in the kids’ fun race — the Mini-Du. At 7:45 a.m., kids will shoot off the starting line for a one-mile run, then hop on their bikes for the final two miles.

Photo courtesy Mike Hayward
The youngest runners will have a chance to take part in the annual Pagosa Duathlon on July 13 by competing in the kids’ fun race — the Mini-Du. At 7:45 a.m., kids will shoot off the starting line for a one-mile run, then hop on their bikes for the final two miles.

Now in its seventhyear, the Pagosa Duathlon is truly a race anyone can do.

We have a race for everyone, from beginner to mountain pros, from young to seasoned — we have it all.

There are three races to choose from, starting with the kids’ fun race, to our half and full duathlon courses.

To kick off race day, we begin with our kids’ fun race — the Mini-Du. This is the perfect race for our up-and-coming athletes. This kid-friendly race is an ideal beginner race for your young athlete. The gravel road course gives the backcountry feel, with the backdrop of mountains and meadows, without the single-track obstacles. Race day is set for July 13. At 7:45 a.m., kids will shoot off that starting line for a one-mile run, then hop on their bikes for the final two miles. Since the course is on gravel roads, any youngsters with a set of wheels can ride. Ages of participants in the past have ranged from 4 to 12, each racing at their own personal ability level. Since this race is not timed, all kids are winners at the Mini-Du.

Early registration is recommended. Register online at www.PagosaDuathlon.com or pick up registration forms at the Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center or The Hub Bike Shop. Cost is $10. All racers receive an official Pagosa Duathlon race T-shirt, race medal and post race goodies. Visit the website for more race information and driving directions to the race site at the junction of Turkey Springs Road and Monument Road.

Come give your budding athlete a true mountain race experience at the Pagosa Duathlon.

And don’t forget your helmet.

Read next week’s paper for information on the Half Duathlon.

All proceeds benefit the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, a non-profit organization who promotes the belief that all people have the right to live free from violence by providing support and advocacy services for victims and education for youth and our community.  Trained advocates provide 24-hour comprehensive services to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to keep themselves and their children safe and empower each to heal, move forward and be free from harm. Sponsorships help pay for emergency housing, food and transportation; counseling; support groups; court assistance; and, youth violence prevention education and empowerment programs.

If you are interested in being a sponsor for this event, there are several cost-effective levels of support you can provide, starting at just $50. Call Carmen at 264-9075 if you’re interested. We’ll see you at the Du!

This story was posted on June 20, 2013.